Feature Articles

July 2013

Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Features Works by Erin Cronin-Webb and Russell Jewell

The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, will present Dog Days of Summer, featuring works by Erin Cronin-Webb and welcomes new member Russell Jewell. The exhibit will be on view from July 1 - 31, 2013. A reception will be held on July 5, from 6-9pm and will hold a fundraiser for the Foothills Search & Rescue on July 6, from 10am-6pm.

Originally from New York City, Cronin-Webb has lived in 13 states. She has no formal training as an artist but has built a reputation as a portrait artist of both humans and animals. Her main medium of choice is pastels. Cronin-Webb says, “I fearlessly dove into all different mediums, but once I discovered pastels there was no looking back. I find that I can achieve a softness and gentleness and a tactile quality with this medium that didn’t seem to exist (for me) in acrylic or oil.”

Cronin-Webb’s work can be found in Europe, Asia and the United States. She is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, The Southeastern Pastel Society, The Greenville Kennel Club, The Dog Obedience Club of Greenville and The German Shepherd Club of America.

In this exhibition, Cronin-Webb’s work will portray some of the many ways in which humans create bonds with their dogs. Since she has been involved in dog training and breeding German Shepherds, Erin has spent considerable time exploring the human and canine connection in art.

On Saturday, July 6, from 10am-6pm, the Gallery will host a fundraiser for Foothills Search and Rescue. There will be drawings for gift baskets and original art. A variety of pet related items will also be for sale.

The Foothills Search and Rescue is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that responds to the call when folks are lost in the mountains or (unfortunately) buried in them or in rubble from natural disasters. They spend hundreds of hours training the dogs (as well as great sums of money). When emergencies arise they pack up their animals and take off for wherever help is needed.

The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville (AGGG) welcomes new member Russell Jewell.

Jewell is an artist/educator from Easley, SC. For more than twenty-seven years, he has carved a career out of the combining forces of art and education. Jewell’s qualifications for such a career include a Masters of Art from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate of Education in Art from the University of Georgia. He is a certified Advanced Placement teacher and has received certification by the National Board for Professional Teachers.

Dr. Jewell’s educational awards include: Easley High School Teacher of the Year, Pickens County Teacher of the Year, and a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship to Japan. His art awards include: Winner of the River Place Plein Air Competition; South Carolina Watermedia Society Awards in (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009); Georgia Watercolor Society Award Winner (2010); Savoir Faire Merchandise Award with the National Watercolor Society (2001); Signature Membership into the National Watercolor Society (2003); and Signature Membership in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (2010).

Jewell offers the following statement: “My career has always coupled art with education. My passion seems to encompass both of these ideals in the form of a ‘give and take’. As an artist, the more education I take, the more I have to give back to my students. This ‘give and take’ fuels a personal passion to share, not only my art, but my art knowledge as well. To my students, I often compare the artist with the magician. Both the artist and the magician must first, intellectually, learn the tricks of their trade. It is the viewer who perceives the magic in their work. I encourage everyone to find their passion and share their magic…”.

AGGG members and their eclectic mix of works include: Dottie Blair, Laura Buxo, Gerda Bowman, Pat Cato, Dale Cochran, Robert Decker, Kathy DuBose, Pat Grills, Mel Hammonds, Edith McBee Hardaway, Chris Hartwick, Kevin Henderson, Megan Heuse, Russell Jewell, Diarmuid Kelly, John Pendarvis, David Waldrop, Erin Webb and Kathleen Wiley. The gallery also presents works by consignors: John Auger, Matthew Brophy, Kathryn W. Copley and Jennifer Henderson.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/239-3882 or visit (www.artistsguildgalleryofgreenville.com).

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